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Reading ARCs in 2011

I attended ALA in June.  While there, I picked up a dozen or so ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies).  I just got around to reading one that I was very excited about when I picked it up back during the summer.  Boy21 by Mathew Quick is the story of two boys who have both faced tragedies and become friends.  I really enjoyed Quick’s first book Sorta Like a Rock Star, so I was excited to read this one.  Plus basketball was involved.  I always enjoy a good story in which basketball plays a role! (I think of Paul Volponi’s Black and White. . . Loved it!)  Boy21 was an interesting story, a gritty urban drama which included a romance, interracial friendship, the Irish mob, high school, and basketball.  I hope the book will find an audience with older teens when it is released in March 2012. Other favorite ARCS this year:

  • Legend by Marie Lu (read it before it was released, loved it, and have since passed it on to two teens who have liked it very much!)
  • Planet Middle School by Nikki Grimes ( A great middle grade read, a verse novel, so it reads quickly.  I enjoyed it very much. )
  • The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch (A good dystopian read)


ALA 2011

Just returned from ALA in New Orleans!  Thrilled to have snagged some great ARCs.  Already reading my autographed copy of Forever by Maggie Stiefvater. Also had the great pleasure of meeting and getting books signed by two of my other favorite authors:  Rita Williams-Garcia and Frances O’Roark Dowell. Once again ALA exhibits rock! See my treasure trove below. . .


A small fraction of the titles I brought back. . . lots of reading material for the hot month of July ahead.  Can’t wait!